International Debate Education Association Topics For Persuasive Essays

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There are so many different debate topics, that can be used in your debate club or for yourself to practice debate, that it is usually hard to find the one topic that you would like to try. This is why this webpage exists, and here we are to supply you a big list of debatable topics. The best way that we think, to sort out the good debate motions from the topics, that are not really suitable for debate is, that you check out what tournament has used a topic. Great tournaments often (but not all the time), use great debate topics for their debaters. This is why we have collected all the great motions from the biggest tournaments from all around the world, so that you can make a selection yourself.



If that is not enough for you, consider debate motions from biggest tournaments around the world, like the EUDC (Europe, BP format), WUDC (the world, BP format), Australs and UADC.

If you feel, that those topics are a bit too much for you, or you would like to debate a general topic, here is a short list for you, great debatable topics, that you can use:

Top 180 Debatable topics

    1. Is animal testing a justified?
    2. Is the death penalty appropriate?  Or should it be banned?
    3. Should cell phones be used during class?
    4. Should laptops be allowed in classrooms?
    5. Is global warming an issue?
    6. Is there good reason for the American war on terror?
    7. Does school detention do any good in high schools?
    8. What impact does social networking and social networking sites have on society?
    9. Is euthanasia justified?
    10. Are video games containing violence appropriate for children?
    11. Are single sex schools more effective than co-ed schools?
    12. Is television an effective tool in building the minds of children?
    13. Should jobs be subcontracted into developing countries?
    14. Is cloning animals ethical?
    15. Is the grading system used in high school effective?
    16. Do celebrities get away with more crime than non-celebrities?
    17. Is it justified to develop nuclear energy for commercial use?
    18. Is it effective to censor parts of the media?
    19. Are humans to blame for certain animal extinctions?
    20. Are alternative energy sources effective and justified?
    21. Do school uniforms make school a more effective place to learn?
    22. Is drug testing athletes justified?
    23. Is it appropriate for adolescents to be sentenced to life without parole?
    24. Should high schools provide daycare services for students who have children?

Interesting Debate Topics for College and Beyond

      1. Do nice girls finish last?
      2. Is it better to be honest and poor or dishonest and rich?
      3. Should older women be allowed to marry younger men?
      4. Do video games cause bad behavior in children?
      5. Should humans eat to live or live to eat?
      6. Who is more complicated gender: men or women?
      7. Is it important for all schools to conduct mandatory drug testing on their students?

Interesting and Funny Debate Topics

    1. Can bullying in schools be stopped? How so?
    2. How far is competition necessary in regards to the learning process?
    3. Do school uniforms help to improve the learning environment?
    4. Will posting students’ grades on bulletin boards publicly motivate them to perform better or is it humiliating?
    5. Should libraries have a list of books that are banned?
    6. Are curfews effective in terms of keeping teens out of trouble?
    7. Is the boarding school system beneficial to children?
    8. Should school attendance be made voluntary in high school?
    9. Is age an important factor in relationships?
    10. Is it ethical for companies to market their products to children?
    11. Does money motivates people more than any other factor in the workplace?
    12. Is co-education a good idea?
    13. Should gay marriages be legalized?
    14. Are security cameras an invasion of our privacy?
    15. Are humans too dependent on computers?
    16. Should plastic bags be banned?
    17. Should animal dissections be banned in schools?
    18. Should parents not purchase war or destruction type toys for their children?
    19. Has nuclear energy destroyed our society?
    20. Is human cloning justified, and should it be allowed?
    21. Should juveniles be tried and treated as adults?
    22. All schools should make it a requirement to teach arts and music to their students?
    23. Should sex education be banned in middle schools?
    24. Should fried foods come with a warning?
    25. Should the concept of zoos should be nullified?
    26. Are credit cards are more harmful than debit cards?
    27. Do celebrities make for bad role models?
    28. Can people move in together before they are married?
    29. Should homework be banned?
    30. Is it unethical to eat meat?
    31. Should cigarettes be banned from society?
    32. Are beauty pageants a way to objectifying women?
    33. Should the death penalty be taken away completely?
    34. Should violent video games be banned?
    35. Is peer pressure harmful or beneficial to individuals?
    36. Should cell phones be banned in schools?
    37. Is torture justified when used for national security?
    38. Are social networking sites effective, or are they just a sophisticated means for stalking people?
    39. Interesting Debate Topics for College and Beyond
    40. Should high schools provide daycare services for students who have children?
    41. Is it appropriate for adolescents to be sentenced to life without parole?
    42. Is drug testing athletes justified?
    43. Do school uniforms make school a more effective place to learn?
    44. Are alternative energy sources effective and justified?
    45. Are humans to blame for certain animal extinctions?
    46. Is it effective to censor parts of the media?
    47. Is it justified to develop nuclear energy for commercial use?
    48. Do celebrities get away with more crime than non-celebrities?
    49. Is the grading system used in high school effective?
    50. Is cloning animals ethical?
    51. Should jobs be subcontracted into developing countries?
    52. Is television an effective tool in building the minds of children?
    53. Are single sex schools more effective than co-ed schools?
    54. Are video games containing violence appropriate for children?
    55. Is euthanasia justified?
    56. What impact does social networking and social networking sites have on society?
    57. Does school detention do any good in high schools?
    58. Is there good reason for the American war on terror?
    59. Is global warming an issue?
    60. Should laptops be allowed in classrooms?
    61. Should cell phones be used during class?
    62. Is the death penalty appropriate?  Or should it be banned?
    63. Which is better to have as a pet: a cat or a dog?Is animal testing a justified?
    64. Is it better to date someone attractive and popular or intelligent and smart?
    65. Which is the best season of the year?
    66. Which is better: Harry Potter or Twilight?
    67. Which is better: Rock n Roll music or Hip Hop?
    68. Are Batman and Superman misleading idols?
    69. What is the best pizza topping?
    70. Which is a better show: Vampire Diaries or FRIENDS?
    71. What are the advantages of bottled water vs. regular water?
    72. What are the best dating techniques out there?
    73. Are we aliens of some sort?
    74. Is there life after death?
    75. Do we have less face-to-face interaction because of Facebook?
    76. Did God create the universe or did it just occur naturally?
    77. Do you think the United States will never have a woman President?
    78. Which is better: daydreaming or night dreaming?
    79. Do vampires get AIDS from sucking blood that is affected?
    80. Which of these two are more real – pirates or ninjas?
    81. What are the advantages of being a man over a woman?
    82. Do nursery rhymes have secret interior meanings?
    83. Do nice girls finish last?
    84. Is it better to be honest and poor or dishonest and rich?
    85. Should older women be allowed to marry younger men?
    86. Do video games cause bad behavior in children?
    87. Should humans eat to live or live to eat?
    88. Who is more complicated gender: men or women?
    89. Interesting and Funny Debate Topics
    90. Is it important for all schools to conduct mandatory drug testing on their students?
    91. Can bullying in schools be stopped? How so?
    92. How far is competition necessary in regards to the learning process?
    93. Do school uniforms help to improve the learning environment?
    94. Will posting students’ grades on bulletin boards publicly motivate them to perform better or is it humiliating?
    95. Should libraries have a list of books that are banned?
    96. Are curfews effective in terms of keeping teens out of trouble?
    97. Is the boarding school system beneficial to children?
    98. Should school attendance be made voluntary in high school?
    99. Is age an important factor in relationships?
    100. Is it ethical for companies to market their products to children?
    101. Does money motivates people more than any other factor in the workplace?
    102. Is co-education a good idea?
    103. Should gay marriages be legalized?
    104. Are security cameras an invasion of our privacy?
    105. Are humans too dependent on computers?
    106. Should plastic bags be banned?
    107. Should animal dissections be banned in schools?
    108. Should parents not purchase war or destruction type toys for their children?
    109. Has nuclear energy destroyed our society?
    110. Is human cloning justified, and should it be allowed?
    111. Should juveniles be tried and treated as adults?
    112. All schools should make it a requirement to teach arts and music to their students?
    113. Should sex education be banned in middle schools?
    114. Should fried foods come with a warning?
    115. Should the concept of zoos should be nullified?
    116. Are credit cards are more harmful than debit cards?
    117. Do celebrities make for bad role models?

Ever happened to you that you had no idea about a motion? Here are ideas on what to do and still win a debate:

  1. Can people move in together before they are married?
  2. Should homework be banned?
  3. Is it unethical to eat meat?
  4. Should cigarettes be banned from society?
  5. Are beauty pageants a way to objectifying women?
  6. Should the death penalty be taken away completely?
  7. Should violent video games be banned?
  8. Is peer pressure harmful or beneficial to individuals?
  9. Should cell phones be banned in schools?
  10. Is torture justified when used for national security?
  11. Are social networking sites effective, or are they just a sophisticated means for stalking people?
  12. Do nursery rhymes have secret interior meanings?
  13. What are the advantages of being a man over a woman?
  14. Which of these two are more real – pirates or ninjas?
  15. Do vampires get AIDS from sucking blood that is affected?
  16. Which is better: daydreaming or night dreaming?
  17. Do you think the United States will never have a woman President?
  18. Did God create the universe or did it just occur naturally?
  19. Do we have less face-to-face interaction because of Facebook?
  20. Is there life after death?
  21. Are we aliens of some sort?
  22. What are the best dating techniques out there?
  23. What are the advantages of bottled water vs. regular water?
  24. Which is a better show: Vampire Diaries or FRIENDS?
  25. What is the best pizza topping?
  26. Are Batman and Superman misleading idols?
  27. Which is better: Rock n Roll music or Hip Hop?
  28. Which is better: Harry Potter or Twilight?
  29. Which is the best season of the year?
  30. Is it better to date someone attractive and popular or intelligent and smart?
  31. Which is better to have as a pet: a cat or a dog?
  32. THW Legalise all recreational substances for the elderly
  33. THW give persons convicted of petty crimes the option of choosing public lashing in lieu of a prison sentence
  34. THW pay parents to abort foeti that suffer from genetic disability (Over and above the cost of the procedure)
  35. THBT emigrants should pay an exit tax upon changing residency
  36. THW allow individuals to sell their citizenship
  37. THW permit communities to establish residential colonies to the exclusion of other communities
  38. THW reduce subsidies to tertiary education and reallocate the money to primary education in developing countries
  39. THW ban religious teaching in all schools
  40. THBT students should elect the Vice Chancellors of their universities.
  41. THW give Parents the right to be restituted by their children for money invested in their upbringing
  42. THBT Children should have the right to retrospectively sue their parents for physical and mental trauma, upon attaining the age of majority.
  43. THW aggressively promote ‘Modern Family’ on primetime Indian television
  44. THW not permit the de-racialisation of art & literature
  45. THW decriminalize and encourage graffiti in public spaces
  46. THW mandate radio stations to play the music of local artists
  47. THW ban members of legislatures from engaging in any other profession / business
  48. THBT Public officials involved in sex scandals (not amounting to crimes) should not resign from office
  49. THW allow parliamentarians to vote on conscience in defiance of the official party position
  50. THW Mandate the compulsory donation of blood by eligible candidates
  51. This house believes that Medical decisions regarding the life threatening conditions of children should be taken by Medical professionals instead of the Parents
  52. This house would not use unethically obtained data in scientific research.
  53. This house believes that former colonizers should be obligated to accept migrants from their colonies.
  54. THW waive diplomatic immunity in instances of alleged Human Rights violations
  55. THW condition aid to developing countries on the repeal of anti-sodomy laws
  56. THW mandate labour union representation on the Board of Directors of companies
  57. THW ban unpaid internships
  58. THW ban transport and trade unions from having political affiliations
  59. TH regrets the decline of communism

Tell us what do you think about these topics, and how your debate went in the comments!

English language classes usually require a lot of writing. When you're a middle school student, you don't feel the pressure. But high school and college students are assigned complex topics. They are rarely free to choose their own idea, so it makes the situation even more complicated. An argumentative essay should be based on three major set of skills of any good student:

  1. Research skills
  2. Writing skills
  3. Analytical skills

If one of these is your weak point, you would probably need online academic writing assistance. Anyway, you should try writing a persuasive paper on one of the chosen topics on your own. This is a good practice for your communication and research skills. Argumentative essays are assigned to train your debating abilities. This assignment has a great influence on how a student will perform or give a public speech later.

HOW TO SELECT DEBATABLE ARGUMENTATIVE TOPICS TO DISCUSS

You might think that it's better when your teacher assigns a particular argumentative topic to you. Having a right to develop your own idea is always better. When working on the persuasive essay, a student has to collect all valuable and time-tested sources to prove his knowledge of the certain issue. You may be encouraged to use such primary sources as:

  • Textbooks
  • Books
  • Documentaries
  • Academic journals
  • Scientific magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Official reports

Even if you are an expert in a certain field, don't hesitate to use and cite external sources. It will point to your ability to collect and select only the most relevant sources. Besides, direct and indirect quotes are needed to support your knowledge of academic writing style. If you are not sure in your writing skills, turn to professional writing agency to buy a winning argumentative essay on a variety of topics for cheap.

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BEST ARGUMENTATIVE PAPER TOPICS

Easy argumentative essay topics

  1. Education should be free for everyone
  2. Why are the US citizens rapidly becoming more obese?
  3. Internet access must be limited to students
  4. Young people must have a right to choose when it comes to military
  5. Each student must have a right to pick only those disciplines he is interested in
  6. What are the advantages US educational system offers to international students?
  7. Which secondary languages are worth studying today?
  8. Is education too commercialised nowadays?
  9. Is current academic grading helpful in performance?
  10. Are tests like SAT and ACT effective?
  11. Advantages and disadvantages of MBA program.

Sports argumentative essay topics

  1. What can be done to assist teenagers in maintaining a healthy weight?
  2. Physical education in the school system.
  3. Does participation in NCAA negatively influence the academic performance?
  4. What is the top unbreakable record in sport?
  5. Is Michael Jordan still a basketball star?

Argumentative essay topics for middle school

  1. What is the real relationship between food, fitness, and weight?
  2. What are the negative effects of diets?
  3. Society should fight with anorexia
  4. To regulate health issues, people should think about their sleep more
  5. Is golf still demanded?
  6. Steroid takers must be banned from team sports activities.
  7. Is swimming really the best type of sport?
  8. Hockey and other dangerous sports.

Argumentative essay topics for college

  1. Production and sales of tobacco must be made illegal
  2. Death sentence should be activated in every country of the world
  3. Smoking in public places has to be banned
  4. Alcohol usage should be controlled
  5. They should not sell alcohol beverages after 11 P.M.
  6. Energetic drinks should be banned and made illegal
  7. Should court proceedings be documented for television?
  8. The most suitable age to have a right to vote.
  9. When can citizens start drinking and smoking (specific age)?
  10. On the whole, is there justice for all?
  11. Was the Industrial Revolution a Europe-wide phenomenon in the nineteenth century?

Classical argument topics

  1. It should be forbidden to use species of animals for research purposes and cruel experiments
  2. Should rainforests destructions be punished?
  3. To what extent are electric vehicles a solution to global pollution?
  4. Pros and cons of globalisation.
  5. Was Roosevelt right about building a Panama Canal?
  6. Are you on the side of King-Kong or militaries who interrupted his world to study it using violent measures?
  7. The risks the United States may face in terms of rapidly changing climate conditions.
  8. Earthquakes and their consequences.
  9. Tsunami: the death wave.
  10. Beautiful forests of Amazonia.
  11. Which species should be included in the Red Book (Liber Novus)?
  12. How can students add up to the social movement for nature's safety?

Controversial argumentative essay topics

  1. Third World War should be Prevented by Russian and US Governments
  2. Existing public school policies must be changed
  3. Is gun control an effective way to control the crime?
  4. Government should forbid same-sex marriages
  5. Society is turning over-regulated
  6. The countries with the highest levels of corruption.
  7. Are some political authorities engaged in illegal activities in the US?
  8. Should people with physical disabilities be accepted by the government?
  9. To be a politician: art or a born talent.
  10. Can anyone be above the law?
  11. Pros and cons of Monarchy.
  12. Is CIS a better alternative for the USSR?

Argumentative essay on technology

  1. Violent video games should be prohibited
  2. Does technology make people feel alone?
  3. YouTube Owners Should Check and Fix Comments That Involve Filthy Language
  4. Are people becoming technological zombies?
  5. Will humanity reach the time when there will be no more technological advancement?
  6. Influences of mobile phones: pros and cons
  7. Technology and education

Argumentative essay on social media

  1. Is technology limiting creativity?
  2. The role of communications in social networks for modern education.
  3. Are contemporary people too much reliant on technology?
  4. Are online friends more effective than imaginary?
  5. Is censorship of Internet necessary?

6th-grade argumentative essay topics

  1. First aid and medical help, in general, should become free
  2. People are good at heart (download and use an example now)
  3. People must spend less time on official work without any effect on their salaries
  4. Social movements must be financed by governments
  5. Parents have no right to control the lives of their children above 16
  6. Cloning must be banned
  7. Global warming (Just download the sample you need for free!)
  8. Are abortions legal?
  9. Cross-cultural marriages add up to racial tolerance
  10. Is it OK to date a younger male?
  11. What us incest?
  12. What should be the role of partners in relationship and family?
  13. Is online dating safe and productive?
  14. Will people start marrying their computers soon?

Funny argument topics

  1. Would Batman be in law in a real world?
  2. 2D vs. 3D vs. 4D: What's Next?
  3. Can the chip control the human mind like they do in superhero movies?
  4. Does Griffins Family correspond to the typical American family?
  5. Graffiti is an illegal art. How should it be punished?
  6. Marijuana should be legal.
  7. Should parents be soft on their children?

Art, Music & Movie Ideas for Papers

  1. Does art pay?
  2. Can music and cinematography be called an art too?
  3. Is gothic art the most preferred and magnificent in history of mankind?
  4. Can you succeed in life working in the field of art?
  5. Are today's music tracks educational or meaningful at all?
  6. Is modern lyrics too explicit for a young audience?
  7. There is no plot in the majority of up-to-date movies.
  8. How long should a motion picture last?

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VALUABLE TIPS & SIGNS OF THE GREAT TOPIC IDEAS

If you wish everyone to read your piece with the bated breath, try to:

  1. Pick a topic that everyone is currently discussing. Pay attention to the rumours.
  2. Select a question an answer to which is still unknown to many people.
  3. Choose an audience that does not agree with your point.
  4. Decide on the problem on which everyone has a specific point of view.
  5. Choose an issue based on your own interests, but don't go too far!

Here we have shared some of the most effective tips:

  • No obvious argumentative paper topics!
  • Do not stop on those topics that do not arise any arguments. Topics that state scientific facts proved by centuries do not work.
  • A debatable essay must focus on the critical issue which leads to the global conflicts.
  • Almost every second problem related to politics is a good choice. You may also write something about your school, college or university policies that annoy you or make students argue with their teachers and principals.
  • Skip topics that people tend to agree on.
  • At the same time, it is better to pass by argumentative essay topics connected with religion, gender, race, and other sensitive episodes of human life. Otherwise, your subjective opinion may be graded subjectively.
  • It is better to write your essay following APA style. You may read how to format academic papers in APA here.
Remember: the world is not black-and-white. There are always two sides of the coin. So, even if you're pretty sure in your claim, and the majority of people tend to support it, consider the arguments of the opposing side. Only then your argumentative paper will be graded respectively high.

As you can see, the procedure is everywhere the same. But the idea is to choose the most exciting argumentative paper topics in order to impress both your audience and your teacher. It's like a competition, where the highest grade is your prize. Whenever you need immediate help with your assignment, turn to the professional writing service which can compose an argumentative essay on any topics in several hours.

A FEW WORDS ABOUT STRUCTURE

Just like any other academic paper, argumentative essay requires such steps as:

  • In-depth research
  • Gathering of information
  • Picking the most credible and up-to-date sources
  • Writing a draft
  • Writing compare and contrast essay itself
  • Editing
  • Revising (at least twice)

Speaking about the organisation and structure of the argumentative essay, we offer a five-paragraph paper outline. Let your original ideas flow in this manner:

A conclusion is, no doubt, the most important part of the argumentative essay as you can either support the good impression or destroy it entirely. If you want to avoid typical mistakes, find valuable recommendations in this article.

CONCLUSION

It all seems easy: just select, draft, write and revise. You may keep your argumentative essays for your future job portfolio in case they are highly graded. We recommend fixing them a bit once your teacher returns the checked version to you. The next time, the process would seem much easier to you.

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